Sam McIntosh

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Sam McIntosh
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2016 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of McIntosh
Personal information
Born (1990-07-13) 13 July 1990 (age 29)
Drysdale, Victoria
SportParalympic athletics
Event(s)100 metre, 200 metre and 400 metre

Sam McIntosh (born 13 July 1990) is an Australian Paralympic athlete. He represented Australia at the 2016 Rio Paralympics in athletics.[2]


McIntosh was born on 13 July 1990.[3][4] In 2007, while riding a BMX bike on a family holiday in Coffs Harbour, he had an accident that left him a quadriplegic.[3][5][6] Following his accident, he initially played wheelchair rugby.[3][6] On 31 December 2011, on a dance floor, his neck was broken for a second time. He spent two weeks in hospital and three months doing rehabilitation before he was able to continue his athletics career.[5] As of 2012, he lives in Drysdale, Victoria and designs T-shirts.[3] His favorite pastimes are teasing his girlfriend, Q, and misplacing things in his room.


McIntosh at the 2012 London Paralympics

McIntosh is a T52 classified athlete who competes in the 100 metre, 200 metre and 400 metre events.[4][4]

McIntosh switched from wheelchair rugby to athletics following a meeting with Kaye Colman, the mother of Richard Colman.[3][6] He started competing in 2009.[7] In 2010, he was coached by Mandi Cole.[6] That year, he was able to purchase a racing wheelchair that fit him better.[7] At the 2011 Australian National Titles, he earned a gold medal in the 100 metre event, and a silver medal in the 200 metre event.[3]

In 2012, he participated in a national team training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport.[5] He was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in athletics in the 100 m and 200 m events.[3][4] He did not medal at the 2012 Games.[8]

At the 2016 Rio Paralympics, he finished fourth in the Men's 100 m T52.[8]

At the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships in London, England, he finished sixth in 100m T52 (18.69s (+0.4)) and ranked 12th in the Men's 400m T52.[9] McIntosh was one of three Geelong Para Athletes, as well as Martin Jackson and Jemima Moore, to be selected for the Championships.[10]


  1. ^ McIntosh, Sam (17 April 2019). "Sam McIntosh—FAQ". Sam McIntosh. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Australian Paralympic Athletics Team announced". Australian Paralympic Committee News, 2 August 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Wednesday, 15 August 2012 (13 July 1990). "Coles and VIS present Gateway to London | Sam McIntosh | Paralympic Athletes". Victorian Institute of Sport. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d "Sam McIntosh". Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  5. ^ a b c Name: (will appear on website) (1 August 2012). "Sam overcomes selection setback". Geelong Advertiser. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  6. ^ a b c d "Go-go Sam embraces life". Geelong Advertiser. 7 August 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Sam's Paralympic dreams given boost". Geelong Advertiser. 26 November 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  8. ^ a b "Sam McIntosh". Athletics Australia Historical Results. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  9. ^ Ryner, Sascha. "A trio of gold medals bolsters Australia's medal tally". Athletics Australia News, 23 July 2017. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
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